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La Presqu'ileLyon

Spread over a narrow peninsula between the Rhône and Sâone rivers, Lyon’s commercial center draws in visitors with its luxury shops and cultural institutions.

Lyon’s bustling Presqu'île is sandwiched between the pretty banks of two rivers. Not only is it home to numerous shops, department stores and restaurants, but it is also blessed with many grand, stately buildings and must-see cultural sites.

The Presqu'île is a peninsula that encompasses the land to the south where the two rivers meet, known as the Confluence. This area has recently undergone a regeneration project and the docklands area is now thriving. Head here to see the 2-million-strong collection at the Musée des Confluences or to browse the gallery at the riverside La Sucrière cultural center.

Go shopping along Rue Victor-Hugo and Rue de la République, where stores are housed in grand Haussmann-style 19th-century structures. Both streets branch off from Place Bellecour, one of the largest pedestrianized squares in Europe. Check out the equestrian statue depicting Louis XIV at the center of the square, then relax at one of the chic cafés bordering the expansive plaza. South of the square, the Auguste Comte area is known for its antique shops.

At Terreaux Square, admire the impressive centerpiece fountain, which was created by Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, the sculptor behind the world-famous Statue of Liberty. Spend an afternoon in the Lyon Musée des Beaux Arts, where you can view an illustrious collection that includes artworks from Picasso, Matisse, Van Gogh and more.

Continue sightseeing at Place de la Comédie, which is dominated by the unusual Opéra de Lyon. This unconventional structure combines a neoclassical 19th-century façade with a strikingly modern semicircular glass roof. Walk south and you’ll catch a glimpse of other well-known attractions including Saint-Nizier and Saint-Bonaventure churches.

Stop by the Théâtre des Célestins for cultural treats. Named after the Célestine monastery that was previously located on this site, the magnificent neoclassical venue was designed by French architect Gaspard André and opened in 1881. During Lyon’s annual Festival of Lights, which takes place every December, the building’s façade is lit up in a spectacular fashion.

To reach Presqu'île, ride the metro to Cordeliers, Bellecour, Ampère or Perrache stations.


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Hotel Silky by HappyCulture
Hotel Silky by HappyCulture
4 out of 5
The price is £86 per night from 19 Mar to 20 Mar

Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Jacobins, Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Hôtel de Ville de Lyon. Bellecour Square ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (463 reviews)
Worth the Money

"The view out of my room wasn't great and the hotel overall seemed a bit worn out. But my room was HUGE. And the bathroom of the room was very nice."…"

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2020

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Globe et Cecil Hôtel
Globe et Cecil Hôtel
4 out of 5
21 Rue Gasparin, Lyon, Rhone
The price is £91 per night from 27 Feb to 28 Feb

Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Jacobins and Bellecour Square. Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Hôtel de Ville ...

4.1/5Very Good! (230 reviews)
Ideal in every way

"Perfect location, amazing restaurant, super confortable room, very friendly staff. I would definitely stay here again the next time I am in Lyon."…"

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2020

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MiHotel
The price is £98 per night from 25 Feb to 26 Feb

Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bellecour Square and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (205 reviews)

"Great location, very friendly professional staff. Great relaxing room and very quiet."…"

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2020

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Hôtel Elysée
Hôtel Elysée
2 out of 5
92 rue Président Edouard Herriot, Lyon
The price is £60 per night from 25 Feb to 26 Feb

Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Jacobins and Bellecour Square. Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Hôtel de Ville ...

4.4/5Excellent! (266 reviews)

"I am fond of eccentric facilities with good service and location, and that certainly describes the Hotel Elysee. The location was ideal -- in the dead centre of Centre-Ville between the Rhone and Saone. The elevator began one floor above the lobby and ended one floor below my room (I was on the top ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020

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Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery Hotel Collection
Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery Hotel Collection
4 out of 5
Free cancellation
The price is £133 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar

Located in Lyon City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Place des Jacobins, Hôtel de Ville de Lyon and Bellecour Square. Museum of Fine ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (833 reviews)

"Beautifull, location was perfect and staff excellent."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

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Hôtel Alexandra
Hôtel Alexandra
4 out of 5
The price is £57 per night from 21 Mar to 22 Mar

Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Saint Martin d'Ainay Abbey and Bellecour Square. Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Basilica ...

4/5Very Good! (450 reviews)
Nice center and clean boutique hotel

"Great location! On a main shopping street. Right across a metro station and 2 minutes walk from a main station. Very nice clean hotel with a very friendly stuff. Suitable for business and couples"…"

Reviewed on 5 Dec 2019

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